Events

July 16 - August 14, 2019

Tuesday, July 16

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Start Smart- Teen Driver Safety Class

The California Highway Patrol offers a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The primary objective is to provide teens and parents...

Unhurried Conversations

Unhurried Conversations hosted by the Unhurried Santa Cruz Meetup is coming to the Garfield Park Library! You’re invited to join this conversation group...

Full Moon HIKE

This full-moon hike will be along easy- to-moderate terrain on the Italian and Chaparral Trails at Quail Hollow Ranch, with the possibility of an extension...

Wednesday, July 17

Death Café

Come gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is not a...

Cascada de Flores

Story-Song-Dance! Bilingual storytelling that is engaging. The story features charming characters full of artistry, music and fun. Cuentos bilingües con una...

Coventry & Kalusa

Award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza presents: juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more! Get ready, because the circus is...

Stars of Poetry

This series has been CANCELLED due to poor attendance. Are you a star of poetry? If not, you can easily become one this summer! Join this free series of...

Coventry & Kalusa

Award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza presents: juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more! Get ready, because the circus is...

LEGO: EV3 Robotics

Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms. Open to ages 10 to 17. Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Live Oak...

Yoga at Seascape

Yoga with Julie Grant Bring your own yoga mat, towel or blanket.

Paint and Sip: Wine Down Weds. With Ladybug on 7/17 for ages 21+

ENJOY A Wine Down Wednesday SPECIAL! ONLY $35 ~ Regular price $45! 3 hours of professional art instruction No experience necessary and all art supplies...

Thursday, July 18

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the...

PopUp Picnics in the Park

PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August...

LEGO NXT Robotics

Kids ages 8-17 will work in groups of two to build a competition Lego robot to battle on the last day of class for a Lego prize. They will build and program...

popUp Playground @ Felt St

All ages are welcome! Join Santa Cruz County Parks for an afternoon of fun, including giant blue blocks, oversized games, and crafts projects.

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Santa Cruz Food Truck Party

The next Santa Cruz Food Truck Party is rolling into the Westside to Garfield Park on Thursday, July 18, 5-8pm. The food vendors include: Rogue Pye, Drunk...

Friday, July 19

Pre-School Storytime @ Aptos

Join us at the Aptos Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make simple crafts! Suggested ages 3-6.

The Rocket Man Show - Elton John Musical Tribute

The Rocket Man Show is the #1 Elton John musical tribute. Hand-picked by Elton John, himself and the official body double for his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick...

Saturday, July 20

 Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a screening of the 2019 film Apollo 11. Consisting solely of archival footage, this documentary tells...

Chalk It UP!

What better way to spend a summer day than creating a chalk masterpiece on the sidewalk at The Point? Join us for a FREE event for all ages and abilities. ...

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience

Come learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea...

Encaustic Workshop series

Encaustic Collage Workshop Series Learn how to create vibrate collage artwork using beeswax and tissue paper! In this series, we will: 👐🏽learn a brief...

Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer

Series of illustrated talks dealing with various themes, topics, and periods of time in World History. Robert W. Strayer (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin)...

The Pillowcase Project

American Red Cross brings this fun, interactive program to SCPL! The Pillowcase Project is an immersive workshop for kids age 8-11 and their families to...

A Trip to the Moon: A free open house at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing during a FREE, all-ages open house with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! Join...

Sunday, July 21

Sunday Seaside Crafts at the Seymour Center

Make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. For example, find out what gray whales eat by...

Science Sunday—Nest Watchers: Citizen Scientists Reveal New Information about Peregrine Falcons

The peregrine falcon was successfully removed from the endangered species list in 1999. Following this conservation achievement, the Santa Cruz Predatory...

Monday, July 22

Tech Talks

Discuss and explore the most useful apps and settings for optimizing your tablet and smartphone. 10:30am - 12:00pm. Mondays in July beginning July 8th, at...

Money Mondays

Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial...

Tuesday, July 23

Advance Directive Individual Sessions

Planning ahead for your healthcare is a gift you can give to yourself and those you love. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to complete your Advance...

Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic

Tom has taken his uniquely warm and charming sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and...

Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic

Tom has taken his uniquely warm and charming sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and...

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic

Tom has taken his uniquely warm and charming sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and...

Wednesday, July 24

LEGO: EV3 Robotics

Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms. Open to ages 10 to 17. Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Live Oak...

Writer's Open Mic Night

Calling all writers! This open mic night offers you an environment to read your works aloud either just to have them heard or to receive critiquing from your...

Thursday, July 25

Birding Walk

We will walk the flat loop trail around the perimeter of the Coastal Prairie habitat and riparian area. This is a great time to start finding some early...

Jungle James

Jungle James Animal Adventures continuously strives to shed new light on some of the World’s most commonly misunderstood creatures, evoke children’s natural...

PopUp Picnics in the Park

PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August...

H.I.V.E. LIVE Dance Workshop

6 Juilliard Dance Students will be teaching a one-time class in Santa Cruz for all dancers age 12+. Instruction includes improvisation, contemporary phrase...

Jungle James

Jungle James Animal Adventures continuously strives to shed new light on some of the World’s most commonly misunderstood creatures, evoke children’s natural...

LEGO NXT Robotics

Kids ages 8-17 will work in groups of two to build a competition Lego robot to battle on the last day of class for a Lego prize. They will build and program...

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Jungle James

Jungle James Animal Adventures continuously strives to shed new light on some of the World’s most commonly misunderstood creatures, evoke children’s natural...

Friday, July 26

Pre-School Storytime @ Aptos

Join us at the Aptos Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make simple crafts! Suggested ages 3-6.

Day Out With Thomas

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out with...

H.I.V.E. Premiere Dance Performance

Juilliard Dance students present 4 new innovative and contemporary dance pieces that are sure to be interactive and multidisciplinary. This is a one time...

Saturday, July 27

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience

Come learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea...

Encaustic Workshop series

Encaustic Collage Workshop Series Learn how to create vibrate collage artwork using beeswax and tissue paper! In this series, we will: 👐🏽learn a brief...

Fire Safety Forum

Chief Bob Gray from Felton Fire Protection District will discuss the ways in which people can keep their homes, loved ones, and property safe from...

Meet the Artist: Ron Craig Photography Reception

Meet photographer Ron Craig and view his From the Deserts to the Ocean photos on exhibit at the Scotts Valley Library from July 6th to September 20th....

Family Fun Day!

Join the Santa Cruz County Parks Department, City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, City of Watsonville - City Gov't, and Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Cruz...

Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones

Indexical presents Elder Ones, a quartet led by vocalist, harmonium player, and composer Amirtha Kidambi. Kidambi fuses the ecstatic and revolutionary free...

Sunday, July 28

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Sunday Seaside Crafts at the Seymour Center

Make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. For example, find out what gray whales eat by...

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Called a “new music mecca” by The New York Times, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music makes Downtown Santa Cruz, CA the place to be in July 28 –...

Monday, July 29

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Tech Talks

Discuss and explore the most useful apps and settings for optimizing your tablet and smartphone. 10:30am - 12:00pm. Mondays in July beginning July 8th, at...

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Tuesday, July 30

Age Well, Drive Smart

The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for seniors. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide mature drivers with...

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Fratello Marionettes: Mother Goose Land

Enter the world of Mother Goose Land, where beloved nursery rhyme characters are brought to life. Mother Goose introduces you to her favorite stories: We...

Fratello Marionettes: Aladdin

​Using traditional music, intricate costumes, and dramatic staging, we present this magical tale adapted from “The 1,001 Arabian Nights” as it has never been...

Fratello Marionettes: The Frog Prince

Our production of this classic fairy tale follows the spoiled princess Ofelia on her birthday. Her life is changed by a chance meeting with a frog – who we...

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

In The Works | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

FREE—no tickets required You’ll find yourself at the very center of contemporary music-making with a special free concert featuring new works by three young...

Unhurried Conversations

Unhurried Conversations hosted by the Unhurried Santa Cruz Meetup is coming to the Garfield Park Library! You’re invited to join this conversation group...

Wednesday, July 31

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Stars of Poetry

This series has been CANCELLED due to poor attendance. Are you a star of poetry? If not, you can easily become one this summer! Join this free series of...

LEGO: EV3 Robotics

Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms. Open to ages 10 to 17. Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Live Oak...

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Thursday, August 1

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the...

PopUp Picnics in the Park

PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August...

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Friday, August 2

Pre-School Storytime @ Aptos

Join us at the Aptos Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make simple crafts! Suggested ages 3-6.

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Storytime with Author Joyce Oroz

Local author and illustrator, Joyce Oroz, will read from her children’s books Annie Gets Her Bounce and Annie Gets a Brother. She will also talk about...

Opening Night: Notorious | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

A centerpiece of this year’s Cabrillo Festival will be the highly anticipated premiere of Kristin Kuster’s When There Are Nine, a momentous and timely work...

Saturday, August 3

Shark Science Week 2019

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing...

Church Street Fair

The Church Street Fair offers an inspiring immersion into the famously vibrant cultural scene of Santa Cruz, California, as expressed through music, dance,...

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience

Come learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea...

Encaustic Paper Collage

Join me for an afternoon in the creative beehive! For those of you who attended the first workshop, this will be an opportunity to build upon the skills...

Friends of SCPL Book Sale at Church Street Fair

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have a Book Sale featuring our excess lobby books at very inexpensive prices! Location: Downtown Branch,...

Meet the Composers | Cabrillo Festival Panel Discussion

Inside the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, a lively and informative discussion is moderated by Cabrillo Festival Music Director Cristian Macelaru and features...

Contrasts | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

With four featured composers in the house, Maestro Cristian Măcelaru and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra will carry us on a poetic journey through one U.S....

Sunday, August 4

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the...

Church Street Fair

The Church Street Fair offers an inspiring immersion into the famously vibrant cultural scene of Santa Cruz, California, as expressed through music, dance,...

Free Family Concert | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

Come to the Civic Auditorium and make music with us! This year’s Free Family Concert offers É Gol!, a brand-new interactive work by Brazilian...

Friends of SCPL Book Sale at Church Street Fair

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have a Book Sale featuring our excess lobby books at very inexpensive prices! Location: Downtown Branch,...

Sunday Seaside Crafts at the Seymour Center

Make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. For example, find out what gray whales eat by...

Roomful of Teeth In Concert

The GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. “Roomful of Teeth is...

Tuesday, August 6

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Wednesday, August 7

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Thursday, August 8

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

PopUp Picnics in the Park

PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August...

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Be Red Cross Ready + Hands-only CPR

American Red Cross and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have teamed up to bring FREE emergency preparedness workshops to our communities. In this workshop you...

Community Night “Pay What You Can” Concert

Cabrillo Festival Music Director Cristi Măcelaru and members of the Festival Orchestra open the Civic Auditorium doors wide with a captivating concert of new...

Friday, August 9

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Pre-School Storytime @ Aptos

Join us at the Aptos Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make simple crafts! Suggested ages 3-6.

Cabrillo Festival Open Rehearsals

Open Rehearsals are FREE and begin Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:00pm, running almost daily through Friday, August 9 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307...

Saturday, August 10

Permaculture Food Forests: Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance, An Applied Permaculture Practicum with John Valenzuela & David Shaw

Permaculture Food Forests Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance An Applied Permaculture Practicum With John Valenzuela & David Shaw Starts...

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience

Come learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea...

Boulder Creek Writers' Group

Are you a serious writer looking for a local writers' group? The Boulder Creek branch is hosting a writers group at the library. The group follows a...

Student Staff Concert | Cabrillo Festival

Hear the future of new music in this free chamber concert of original works programmed, produced, performed and presented by the adventurous 16-24 year-old...

Secret Songs | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits when Cabrillo Festival presents the West Coast premiere of Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, by Academy and GRAMMY...

Sunday, August 11

Permaculture Food Forests: Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance, An Applied Permaculture Practicum with John Valenzuela & David Shaw

Permaculture Food Forests Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance An Applied Permaculture Practicum With John Valenzuela & David Shaw Starts...

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the...

Sunday Seaside Crafts at the Seymour Center

Make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share. For example, find out what gray whales eat by...

Wynton and Cristi In Conversation

Begin your 2019 Cabrillo Festival grand finale experience with “Wynton and Cristi In Conversation.” Jazz legend and composer Wynton Marsalis sits down with...

Wynton | Cabrillo Festival Orchestra Concert

American legend Wynton Marsalis is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed artists and composers of his generation. Tonight, for the final night of the...

Tuesday, August 13

Animal Art Classes for Kids 5-15

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:30 $10 Drop-In / $15 material fee Ongoing except school holidays Tannery Arts Center/ Watershed Art Studio #116 1050 River St....

Be Red Cross Ready

American Red Cross and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have teamed up to bring FREE emergency preparedness workshops to our communities. In this workshop you...

Wednesday, August 14

Red Cross Ready for Kids

This workshop for kids ages 4-7 is a fun way to introduce them to the idea of being prepared for emergencies like home fires. Participants and their families...

July 16 - August 14, 2019